Back in April, economic gardening expert Christine Hamilton-Pennell sent me an article on networking that she thought I'd like. I was doing a lot of traveling at that time, so I just filed it away to read later. I recently got around to it, and - with the startup of this blog - it couldn't have come at a better time.
You can always count on Christine. When she sends you something that she finds useful or interesting, it always is. How to Network (Even If You Hate Networking), by David R. Butcher is a very worthwhile read for introverts who network.
In my workshops on this topic, I've always emphasized that the very qualities that define us as introverts make us well-suited for networking. Based on information from Devora Zack's 2010 book Networking for People Who Hate Networking, the article takes this idea even further. It's a step-by-step guide to harnessing the power of these strengths, and -- for each -- it outlines specific techniques and tips.
There's really no way of getting around the fact that we must network -- whether we like it or not. This article definitely makes it a lot less painful.